More FAQs will be added as the program develops. We urge you to look at the specific pages dealing with Language requirements, Internships and Study Abroad for more information on those topics.
Can I use credits from a study abroad program for my major?
Yes. The INST program wants to support study abroad when possible. Courses must be at the upper division level and, of course, they need to have a non-US content. They should also be from one of the disciplines that participate in the program.
Be sure to discuss the courses you plan to take in a study abroad program with an advisor.
What if there is an international course offered that is not listed in the thematic concentrations, can it be used towards the major?
Maybe. You need to alert the director of the program to the course. There are courses that are appropriate to the major that are not listed because they are new or because they have not been offered in a while. If a course is international in focus and it is offered through one of the departments that participate in the degree (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science and Religious Studies) contact the director of the program to see where it would fit into the program.
Can I do an Internationals Studies Minor?
No. We do not offer a minor because the major is designed to provide a broad base of knowledge while developing an understanding of multiple disciplines. These objectives cannot be achieved with the relatively few course requirements of a minor program.
Can I take a minor from another department with my International Studies Major?
Yes. We encourage you to develop a minor. Contact the department you are interested in for requirements in the minor.
What courses can I use for a regional specialization?
Not all courses specify the region they concentrate on in their titles. If you are looking for courses to fulfill the regional requirement contact the instructor of the course or the International Studies advisors to ask whether a course can be used for one of the five area concentrations.
Language courses taken to fulfill the general language requirement may be used towards the regional requirement as well.
Can I use ECON 2012, ECON 2022 and ANTH 2102 as part of my major even if they count towards my core requirements?
Yes. Because this is an interdisciplinary major these core courses can be used to count towards the major.